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The Role of the School Counslor

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wHO IS YOUR sCHOOL cOUNSELOR?

Professional school counselors are educators who have a master’s degree or higher in school counseling and are certified and/or licensed by the state of Pennsylvania. Professional school counselors possess the qualifications and skills necessary to address a student’s academic, personal, social, and career development needs.

Your school receives counseling services through the Delaware County Intermediate Unit under Act 89 funding. School counselors provide a wide-range of services based on the needs of the school.

 wHat do cOUNSELORs do?                                                                                                                                                                       * Provide individual, small group, and classroom lessons based on the needs of the students

*Consult with teachers and faculty regarding individual students and classroom concerns

* Provide education and support to parents and family members

* Participate in school-based team meetings to assist with student success 

* When needed, the counselor may consult with other DCIU specialists (reading, speech, school psychologist, etc.) 

* Facilitate referrals and collaborate with outside support services in the community 

 

HOW do COUNSELORs HELP?                                                                                                                                                                                      Students

*Develop positive attitudes among students towards self, family, and community 

*Support students by teaching skills for achieving success

*Help students to understand and appreciate their unique qualities and to grow personally and socially 

*Cope with family changes, grief, stress, and personal issues

*Build decision-making and conflict resolution skills

Parents and Faculty

*Assist parents and teachers in creating a safe and nurturing learning environment

*Advise parents on strategies for school support  

* Provide resource information.  

*Serve as a liaison between home and school 

*Collaborate with principals, teachers, and other school staff to meet the needs of all students in intellectual, personal, social, and emotional areas

 

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